New Zealand in Focus
Located right in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island is the Waikato region, where you will find Raglan, the home to some of New Zealand’s best nature-based tourism and most famous surf beaches. Many international visitors, initially having been drawn by the surf, have since discovered that there’s so much more to Raglan than just surf. It’s increasingly becoming a must visit destination by both other kiwis and international tourists alike.
After a long day exploring Raglan and surrounds, you’ll no doubt want a place to rest your head and there really is no better spot than the stunning beach front location of Raglan Holiday Park. Offering accommodation to meet all styles and budgets; from camp sites through to their comfortable onsite motel unit, this four star holiday park boasts all the facilities you would expect including full camp kitchen, BBQ’s, games room, and WIFI throughout the property.
There is something for everyone in Raglan and you don’t need to go far to find it. Read on for five activities to get your travel plans started.
Ngarunui is the main sandy swimming beach in Raglan. A magnificent black sand surfing beach that’s ideal for swimming, perfect for learning to surf or simply sunbathing on the sand.
If you’re not a hard-core surfer, Ngarunui Beach is a fine place for a body boarding session or even a surf lesson with the Raglan Surf School. Lifeguards patrol the western end of the beach during the summer months – it’s safest to swim between the flags.
Cruise the rugged Raglan coast and find a grassy patch to sit and enjoy the sights on the water. Or better yet pack a picnic or grab some fish and chips and stay for sunset to experience Raglan at its most beautiful.
Te Toto Gorge Lookout
A historically significant site, the Te Toto Gorge, south of Raglan, not only boasts stunning and uninterrupted views of the rugged west coast, it also provides an insight into traditional Maori gardens. This great short walk includes remnants of garden plots, stonewalls and karaka groves.
For directions and further information click here www.doc.govt.nz
Bryant Memorial Reserve Tracks
The most accessible walking tracks in Raglan are nestled around Wainui Reserve and Ngarunui Beach areas, you’ll find a couple of different options here whether you’re out for a scenic stroll or morning jog.
For track maps and further information visit www.doc.govt.nz
With views of the harbour, the Raglan Wharf’s verandah tables are a popular spot on a lazy summer day. Located at the end of Wallis Street, Raglan Wharf is still a working wharf used for fishing, charter and tour boats as well as the Raglan Coast Guard.
For a listing of shops and cafes visit www.raglan23.co.nz
So why come to Raglan? Because it’s a genuinely beautiful with a warm heart and a colourful personality. Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to be kept entertained in Raglan!
For more information on Raglan and the surrounding area visit Hamilton & Waikato NZ
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